RIS­ING STARS IN NURS­ING

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MARISSA ABRAM, 34

PULSE Cen­ter for Pa­tient Safety Ed­u­ca­tion & Ad­vo­cacy New York

Since 2014, Abram has been a board mem­ber of PULSE, a not-for-profit com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tion fo­cused on rais­ing aware­ness about pa­tient-safety is­sues in health­care de­liv­ery and em­pow­er­ing pa­tients to be ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in their own care. Abram is also an as­sis­tant clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of nurs­ing at the Adel­phi School of Nurs­ing in Gar­den City, N.Y., where, as part of train­ing for nurse prac­ti­tion­ers, she has or­ga­nized a pro­gram to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of the pa­tient-provider part­ner­ship. She is a psy­chi­atric/men­tal health nurse prac­ti­tioner and a cre­den­tialed al­co­hol and sub­stance abuse coun­selor.

AMANDA BAILEY, 30

Mercy Home Health Philadel­phia

As a clin­i­cal man­ager at Mercy

Home Health, Bailey serves on the high-risk pa­tient coun­cil at Mercy Philadel­phia Hospi­tal along with physi­cians and other care­givers to as­sess high-risk pa­tients be­ing dis­charged to Mercy Home Health. She and the team of nurses she leads are in fre­quent con­tact with hospi­tal staff post-dis­charge via tele­health and af­ter home vis­its to pro­vide up­dates on a pa­tient’s con­di­tion and to dis­cuss any con­cerns dur­ing the re­cov­ery process. Bailey also has been ac­tive in train­ing nurses join­ing Mercy, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing an ex­tended pre­cep­tor­ship pro­gram, work­ing with Mercy’s ed­u­ca­tion staff to en­sure new nurses re­ceive more in­ten­sive hands-on train­ing and one-on-one over­sight while pro­vid­ing di­rect pa­tient care.

BRAN­DON “KIT” BREDIMUS, 33

Mid­land (Texas) Memo­rial Hospi­tal

As di­rec­tor of emer­gency

ser­vices, Bredimus has worked to build a cul­ture of team­work and own­er­ship among care­givers in Mid­land’s emer­gency depart­ment. To im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion among staff mem­bers, he cre­ated a Face­book page to help fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion. He fre­quently shares data on out­comes and the pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing sto­ries about ser­vice ex­cel­lence. Dur­ing his ten­ure, pa­tient sat­is­fac­tion scores have soared, as has nurs­ing staff sat­is­fac­tion. The ER also has among the low­est rates of em­ployee turnover in the hospi­tal.

DANIELLE MARCELLO, 32

Mor­ris­town (N.J.) Med­i­cal Cen­ter/At­lantic Health Sys­tem

As in­terim nurse man­ager

of the in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient pe­di­atric de­part­ments at Go­ryeb Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal at Mor­ris­town Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Over­look Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Marcello has fo­cused on im­prov­ing pa­tient-care stan­dards within the hos­pi­tals. That in­cludes spear­head­ing a change in clin­i­cal prac­tice in the de­liv­ery of in­trathe­cal med­i­ca­tions to pe­di­atric pa­tients, lead­ing other de­part­ments to change their think­ing and prac­tices to pro­mote im­proved med­i­ca­tion safety. She also es­tab­lished a well-used hema­tol­ogy/on­col­ogy nurs­ing jour­nal club that uses con­fer­ence-call­ing with other area hos­pi­tals as well as nurse as­so­ci­a­tions across the coun­try to share knowl­edge.

WIL­LIAM ROSA, 34

Memo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing Cancer Cen­ter New York Cur­rently a pal­lia­tive medicine fel­low at Sloan Ket­ter­ing, Rosa re­cently par­tic­i­pated in a value/qual­ity im­prove­ment project at NYU Lan­gone Med­i­cal Cen­ter, New York, through the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Crit­i­cal Care Nurses CSI Academy. It was a 10-month grant-funded ini­tia­tive to raise the qual­ity and de­crease the cost of care for delir­ium pa­tients. Along with a team of three nurses, Rosa col­lab­o­rated with ad­min­is­tra­tors and oth­ers to im­prove pa­tient, fam­ily and staff ed­u­ca­tion and im­ple­ment delir­ium-spe­cific in­ter­ven­tions such as “quiet time” and bet­ter doc­u­men­ta­tion. Rosa also is the au­thor of the 2016 book Nurses as Lead­ers: Evo­lu­tion­ary Vi­sions of Lead­er­ship.

EMILY TOR­RES, 33

UC Davis Med­i­cal Cen­ter Sacra­mento, Calif.

Now a nurse man­ager, Tor­res in 2010 was one of UC Davis’ found­ing Qual­ity and Safety Cham­pi­ons, given the mis­sion of im­prov­ing pa­tient safety and out­comes by re­duc­ing ven­ti­la­tor-as­so­ci­ated pneu­mo­nia. She de­vel­oped a root­cause anal­y­sis tool and worked to iden­tify road­blocks to VAP pre­ven­tion in the op­er­at­ing rooms, work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively across dis­ci­plines. Tor­res was named an as­sis­tant man­ager in 2014 and was soon cho­sen to open an eight-bed med­i­cal-sur­gi­cal unit, ini­tially in­tended as a stop-gap fa­cil­ity. It be­came per­ma­nent six months later with Tor­res over­see­ing its op­er­a­tion. She also now leads an oto­laryn­gol­ogy and in­ter­nal medicine acute-care unit.

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